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December 2012

CHEREK-George J.

CHEREK-George J., 86. Visitation 4 p.m., vigil service 6 p.m., both Dec. 21 at the funeral home. Funeral Mass 10 a.m., Dec. 22 at St. Mary Church. Interment Hillcrest Cemetery. Preceded in death by wife, Dolores "Tiny"; daughter, Barb. Survived by daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Dave Hayes; granddaughter; great-grandson; sister, Millie Bartek; family friend, Dianne Pavelka; nieces; nephews.

BETHANY FUNERAL HOME

BARAK-Cecelia Roseann (Ryan)

BARAK-Cecelia Roseann (Ryan), 85. Visitation 5 p.m., vigil service 7 p.m., both Dec. 21 at the funeral home. Funeral Mass 11 a.m., Dec. 22 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Dr. Anthony J. Barak; parents, William Ryan and Mary Catherine (Grady) Ryan; sisters, Alice Vickers and Patricia Naylon; brother, Richard Ryan. Survived by children and spouses, Jeffery Barak, Douglas and Colby Barak, Mary and Kent Bernhagen, Jennifer and Keith Cook, and Cynthia and Terry Durham.

HERNANDEZ-Diane M.

HERNANDEZ-Diane M., 65. Funeral Dec. 21 at the funeral home. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Survived by mother, Susan Greenhagen; sisters, Mary Moreno, Teddy Hernandez, Susan Hernandez-Brown, and Judy Greenhagen; brothers, Ruben Hernandez and Rick Greenhagen; aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the family.

HEAFEY-HEAFEY-HOFFMANN

DWORAK-CUTLER

NYMANN-Anne McDermott

NYMANN-Anne McDermott, 72. Memorial Mass Dec. 15 at St. Leo the Great Church. Preceded in death by husbands, T. Delmour McDermott and Gus Nymann; Survived by son, John; sister, Geraldine Lackey Mockler; niece; great-nephews.

JOHN A. GENTLEMAN

Christmas Pageant

Pre-kindergarten students and twins Luther and Alice Harrington at St. Cecilia School in Omaha portray Mary and Joseph in a Dec. 13 Christmas program that featured the Harringtons and 20 of their classmates. About 75 people saw the performance and 100 people attended a kindergarten Christmas program later that same day. Other Christmas activities at the school included fifth- and sixth-graders attending a Dec. 6 holiday concert at the Holland Center in Omaha.

IPF founders receive award

Founders of the Institute for Priestly Formation (IPF), based in Omaha, have received the St. John Vianney Award from the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors for their contributions to the spiritual formation of diocesan priests and seminarians.

Presented at the national group's Sept. 24-27 conference in San Francisco, the award went to Father Richard Gabuzda, Jesuit Father John Horn, Kathleen Kanavy and Jesuit Father George Aschenbrenner.

Students read with seniors

Nearly 40 kindergartners and first-graders from St. Michael School in South Sioux City recently enjoyed reading, cookies and cocoa with residents of a retirement home to say "thank you" for their support to the school.

People living at the Northern Hills Retirement Community in Sioux City, Iowa, donated to the Lucky Leprechauns, a nonprofit organization based in Hinton, Iowa, that helps provide area school children with coats, shoes, school supplies and other items.

Mayor speaks at West Point school

Guardian Angels Central Catholic high school students in West Point learned more about how government works during a Nov. 30 visit by West Point Mayor Marlene Johnson, who discussed the challenge of balancing students' interest in having more things to do in the community with a limited budget and state and federal regulations.

Sophomore Cody Steuter said Johnson was down to earth, and her approach to the job helped change his negative view of politics.

Holy Name club plans crochet projects

Crochet Club members at Holy Name School in Omaha practiced basic knitting stitches with counselor Peg Monaghan Nov. 5.

The club, which includes 23 students, meets weekly after school in the library and is organized by Karen Smolinski, a technology instructor at the school. The students plan to do plastic canvas work and embroidery projects after Christmas.

Smolinski said the club helps provide a creative outlet, an evening activity and a new skill for students.

Principal included in Advent prayers

An all-school Advent assembly at St. Columbkille School in Papillion Nov. 28 closed with special prayers for people in need, suffering or ill, including the principal, Cheryl Blue, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Students gathered wearing "Prayer is Dynamite" Spirit shirts and eighth-graders led the assembly with a prayerful reflection and explanation of the Advent wreath. The students created a living wreath, lit the traditional wreath, sang and prayed together.

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